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£1.5 million for rural Shetland

RURAL  projects in Shetland were celebrating after the Scottish government injected £1.5 million into the isles from the Rural Priorities scheme, part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme.

Around 40 projects received cash under the controversial scheme, which has been criticised in the past for being too small and difficult to access.

Amongst the beneficiaries are Burravoe Pier Trust, on Yell, who are to get £57,000 towards creating a small caravan park beside the pier.

The 20 year old group has already built a 35 metre fishing pier, a 24 berth marina and a small boat slipway. Now they will add four caravan plots plus a toilet, shower and laundry block to benefit the local community and enhance the visitor experience on Yell.

The award winning nature reserve and garden run by Da Gairdins Environment Company on four crofts at Sand, in Shetland, was awarded a grant of £18,670 to improve visitor access.

The money will be spent creating a turning area for cars, upgrading a path running across the land and managing the different ecosystems to benefit local wildlife.